Teacher in Lawas detained for allegedly sodomising students



Police have detained a teacher to assist in investigations into alleged sexual assault and sodomy involving five boys at a Lawas primary school in 2016.

Lawas police chief Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad said the suspect, a 31-year-old man, was detained at the Karamunsing police station at 7.30pm yesterday.

“The suspect has been working in Lawas from January 2012 until now,” he said in a statement today. 

Abang Zainal Abidin added that the case involved five students, aged 13 to 15, and that investigations are being carried out under Section 377B of the Penal Code for committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature.

He said the police report was lodged at 12.01pm yesterday. 

The suspect’s activities were discovered when one of the victims, currently in secondary school, informed his teacher of what the suspect had done to him and four other boys.

“The suspect is now being detained at Lawas police headquarters to assist in the investigations, and remand applications will be made today,” Abang Zainal Abidin said, adding that the victim alleged to have been molested and sodomised by the suspect in 2016.

Remand extended for warden

In Kangar, meanwhile, the remand order for a hostel warden who allegedly sodomised two students and molested three others at a tahfiz centre in Simpang Empat has been extended for another week, until May 24.

Kangar police chief Wari Kiew said the order was obtained yesterday against the man, who had been in remand since May 11, to complete investigations.

He urged members of the public with information on the case to lodge a report.

Thus far, five victims have lodged police reports, he added.

It was reported that two tahfiz school students claimed they were sodomised, while three others said they were molested by their hostel warden at the school.

The incidents were uncovered after one of the victims, aged 15, lodged a complaint on April 24, claiming he was sodomised and forced to perform sexual acts in the warden's room.

The victim also claimed that the suspect threatened to hit him if the incidents were reported, but the victim eventually lodged the complaint because he could not stand being abused in such a manner.

- Bernama

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